San Diego on a Budget: How to Save BIG With a Go City Pass

December 6, 2021

Miles and miles of white sand beaches, enviable weather, and countless first-class attractions to discover make ‘America’s Finest City’ an ideal getaway year-round.

Ready to visit San Diego but need to stick to a budget?

Home to a staggering 70-mile coastline, as well as some of the U.S.'s best beaches, San Diego is a modern metropolis disguised as a seaside paradise.

From trying your hand at tandem kayaking to getting up close and personal with the over 3,500 animals at the world-renowned San Diego Zoo, there are so many ways to spend your San Diego vacation.

Whether you are traveling in a group or flying solo, it can be tricky (not to mention pricey) to coordinate multiple tickets and passes to all of your 'must-see' San Diego attractions.

Take the stress and guesswork out of your San Diego trip with the Go City® Pass. 


Ideal for tourists who don't want to miss a moment of Southern California fun, the Go San Diego All-Inclusive pass lets you pack your itinerary with the very best top-tier attractions for a fraction of the price.

Ready to learn more about the benefits of a Go San Diego All-Inclusive Pass?

San Diego Hotels

Crave-worthy fish tacos, stunning beaches, and top-notch surfing make the second-largest city in California a destination you'll always remember. Throw in premier naval museums, thrilling aquatic parks, and boatloads of amusement park fun, and you and your family may never want to leave! 

Prolong the adventure of a lifetime by staying a night, or three, at any of our premier San Diego Hotels or Resorts. We offer a wide range of accommodation options, from full-service beachside lodgings with all the amenities to refurbished boutique hotels located in the historic Gaslamp Quarter

Go San Diego All-Inclusive Pass:

Are you the type of traveler who leaves no landmark, museum, or attraction unvisited? The Go San Diego All-Inclusive Pass was designed for those who go 'all in,' all the time.

Make the most out of your time in sunny San Diego with the one pass that allows you to see unlimited attractions over 1, 2, 3, 5, and 7-day combinations.

1 Day Pass

2 Day Pass

3 Day Pass

5 Day Pass

7 Day Pass

Whatever All-Inclusive pass you choose, you can enjoy unlimited admission to over 50 attractions, including such popular institutions as the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld® San Diego, LEGOLAND®, the USS Midway® Museum, and more.

Maximum savings + increased travel flexibility = a killer combo you can't pass up! 

With everything from San Diego Harbor cruises to safari adventures available on Go City®, you can create the custom itinerary of your dreams.

Other Important San Diego All-Inclusive Pass Facts

  • Your pass offers you discounts of up to 50% off retail rates.
  • Activate your pass by visiting your first attraction.
  • Go crazy - see as many attractions as you can handle between 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. each day.
  • Mix pre-booked activities with flexible experiences.
  • Daily admission to SeaWorld is included in all 3, 5, and 7-day passes.
  • 3,5, and 7-day pass holders can choose from one premium attraction.

The App

Using your San Diego All-Inclusive Pass via the Go City®App is as easy as can be! Simply:

  • Download the App to your mobile device (Apple | Google Play)
  • Use your order confirmation number to add your pass to your phone.
  • Double-check if any of your desired attractions need a reservation and book!
  • Show your pass at each attraction for seamless entry.

Top Tier Attractions

SeaWorld San Diego

Buckets of under the sea fun are what's on deck when you visit the perennial favorite, SeaWorld San Diego. 

Brace yourself for a tidal wave of adventure as you ride Manta, a high-speed double-launch roller coaster, spend time with playful penguins, and get (a little) too close for comfort with the sharks in the underwater viewing tunnel.

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An incredible mashup of exhilarating rides, educational exhibits, and exotic animal encounters makes SeaWorld a splashing great way to spend a day in San Diego. 

Pro Tip: Got a stomach of steel? Conquer Emperor, SeaWorld's newest high-speed coaster, which features a 90 degrees drop into a dive plunge, coming March 2022!

Father and daughter walking with LEGO figures with the theme park behind them and a blue cloudy sky in San Diego, California

photo credit: LEGOLAND California via Facebook

LEGOLAND California

Brick by brick, everything at LEGOLAND California is designed to delight little Lego aficionados. An oasis of family-friendly fun featuring over 60 kid-friendly rides, shows, and attractions, Legoland provides an unparalleled imaginative theme park experience.

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Tiny tykes will love the manageable thrills provided by Coastersaurus and Emmet's Flying Adventure ride. Don't forget to unleash your creativity in Fun Town, where you'll travel through the Amazon, into Ancient Egypt, and the Arctic via the Adventurer's Club.

Pro Tip: Obsessed with the Lego movies? Embrace your own 'awesome' when you visit Legoland's newest addition, the Lego Movie World, where your favorite characters and attractions from the hit movies come to life.

Stop by Emmet's Super Suite, meet his colorful cast of friends, or create the brick masterpiece of your dreams at the Build Watevra You Wa'Na Build building zone.

Zoo keeper holding a wide eyed brown lemur at the San Diego Zoo in San Diego, California

photo credit: San Diego Zoo via Facebook

San Diego Zoo

Let's get wild! An institution of wildlife education and conservation for over 100 years, the San Diego Zoo is a staple attraction on any San Diego travel plan. With a dazzling array of over 4,000 rare and endangered creatures, 4-D theater shows, interactive play areas, and engaging wildlife encounters, the Zoo is sure to please even the crankiest of critters.

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Go down under, and marvel at the unmatched charm of our cuddly Koala friends in Koalafornia Adventure, or take to the skies to see the sprawling park from above when you board the Skyfari Aerial Tram.

Other amazing San Diego Zoo highlights include:

  • Guided Bus Tour
  • Riding the Balboa Miniature Park Train
  • Glimpsing at the Great Apes & rare Komodo Dragons
  • Checking out the penguins, baboons, and the mysterious fossa at Africa Rocks
Zoo employees standing with a large green sign with orange lettering saying "San Diego Zoo Safari Park" with a rhino on top of it on a sunny day in San Diego, California

photo credit: San Diego Safari Park Zoo via Facebook

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Searching for an epic safari experience that will have you swear you've been teleported into deepest Africa? Then it's time to slather on that sunblock, and prepare for an incredible day of spotting lounging lions, grazing antelope, and foraging African elephants.

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park's expansive 1,800 acres of natural habitats provide you with a one-of-a-kind opportunity for a completely immersive safari experience. 

Related Post: Insider's Guide to San Diego Zoo

Choose to safari your own way, from 130 ft above the ground as you zipline or from the comfort of a cozy safari truck.

Besides glimpsing at the great beasts of the African plains, you will have your hands full of thrills when you ride both the Cheetah Run and the AfricaTram.

Pro Tip: Don't skip out on the informational and exciting live animal shows and talks that cover subjects as varied as Sumatran tigers to free-flight bird training.

People scattered all over a sunny board walk with palm trees in the distance and building with a red white and blue awning at Belmont Park in San Diego, California

photo credit: Belmont Park via Facebook

Belmont Park

Classic amusement park rides + a gorgeous beachfront setting = one theme park you'll never forget! Get excited for a day of thrills, arcade games, and beachside bars when you stop by the legendary Belmont Park. 

For almost 100 years, locals and tourists alike have enjoyed sun-soaked shopping, dining, attractions, and entertainment here.

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Kids of all ages will go gaga for these vintage-themed rides, including the Tilt-a-whirl, Overdrive bumper cars, and the rolling Giant Dipper roller coaster. 

Looking to keep it more low-key? Then how about a round of Tiki Town Mini Golf, or enjoy a frosty pina colada with your feet in the sand at the Beach House.

Two employees showing off a turtle and a set of sharks teeth in a room with blue walls and a blue table set up behind them at Birch Aquarium at Scripps in San Diego, California

photo credit: Birch Aquarium at Scripps via Facebook

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Maritime merriment and amusement await you at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Take a deep dive into the mysterious biome of the big blue ocean when you visit this esteemed center of oceanography and conservation.

The Birch Aquarium features over 60 distinct habitats with over 5,000 fish. In addition, it has schools and schools of hands-on exhibits and interactive displays budding under the sea, explorers won't know where to look first.

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Some 'can't miss' aquatic highlights of the aquarium are:

  • The staggering two-story, 70,000-gallon Giant Kelp Forest Exhibit.
  • Shark shores - come fin to fin with the local La Jolla Leopard Sharks.
  • Tidepool Plaza- touch, feel, and interact with the sea stars, sea anemones, hermit crabs, sea cucumbers, and lobsters that call tidal pools home.
  • Beyster Family Little Blue Penguins (new) - the Birch is the only aquarium in the Western U.S. to host this adorable species of penguin!
Close up photo of a Navy airplane on the USS Midway with a blue and cloudy sky in the background in San Diego, California

photo credit: USS Midway Museum via Facebook

USS Midway Museum

Calling all military mavericks! No visit to San Diego is complete without a stop at the historic Midway Museum. The USS Midway Museum is the longest-serving U.S. Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century. Also, this floating fortress once housed over 225,000 Midway sailors who valiantly served our country.

Marinate in the history of this great vessel and the bravery of these men as you pursue more than 60 exhibits and 29 restored aircrafts. 

Traverse the expansive floating Hanger Deck and learn all about the Battle of Midway. In addition, you can head to the shadowy cabins below, to see how sailors ate, slept, and even worshipped aboard this 'city at sea.'

Pro Tip: Feeling the need for speed? All Top Gun fans or future pilots won't be able to pass up the opportunity to try the two exhilarating flight simulators: Air Combat 360 and Screaming Eagles.

Brown seal sitting on a floating object watching people in a yellow speedboat drive by in San Diego, California

photo credit: Speed Boat Adventure Tours via Facebook

Speed Boat Adventure Tour

Feel the ocean breeze on your skin, the wind in your hair as you take to the high seas on the San Diego Speed Boat Adventure Tour. In addition, captain your own F13 mini speed boat on this adrenaline-pumping escapade that puts you in control.

Cruise along leisurely, or kick things into high gear with your 30 horsepower motor. Your 13-foot speed boat will provide the highest level of safety and comfort. Meanwhile allowing you to absorb unparalleled views and guided narration of:

  • Navy Ships
  • USS Midway aircraft museum
  • Coronado Bridge
  • famous Star of India
  • Seaport Village

Pro Tip: Never driven a boat before? Don't fret; your tour includes instructions on boating basics. In addition, you'll receive rules of the road that will leave you feeling seaworthy in no time!

3 Day Hop-On/Hop-Off San Diego Trolley Tour*

Everyone knows about San Diego's famous beaches. However, besides pristine white sand and crashing waves, there's a whole world of unique history and heritage to uncover in America's Finest City. 

Soak in the stories and sights of this fair metropolis with the 3 Day Hop-On/Hop-Off San Diego Trolley Tour. 

This two-hour tour allows you to sightsee to your heart's content. In addition, it melds amazing points of interest with a fascinating history and anecdotal tidbits.

Marvel at the spectacular views of Big Bay and the city skyline from atop the two-mile-long Coronado Bridge. In addition, let yourself be charmed by the quaint brick facades of the Gaslamp Quarter

Other notable stops and points of interest on your tour include:

  • Old Town State Park.
  • Balboa Park, including The Old Globe Theatre and the San Diego Zoo.
  • The Island of Coronado, including the famous historic hotel and beach.
  • And more!

Pro Tip: As the name suggests, this tour allows you to hop on/hop off at your own leisure. Therefore, you can hop off at any stop or stay put for the full two-hour narrated tour. In addition, trolleys come by every 30 minutes, so you'll never have to wait too long for a ride!

Bike and Kayak Tours La Jolla

With 266 days of pure golden sunshine a year, there's no better place to get outside and get active than San Diego. 

Take to the beaches or the sea when you sign up for a bike or kayak tour from La Jolla.

Biking

Go for the scenic route as you enjoy a full-day bike rental from Bike and Kayak Tours. Pedaling at your leisure, you can explore the serene boardwalk, Mission Bay Park, Crystal Pier, and La Jolla Cove.

Safety first! Your bike rental includes a bike helmet and a handy map. So, you can be sure to plot out your perfect itinerary pre-riding.

Kayaking

Double the fun when you and your partner lifevest up for an energizing 90 minute tandem kayak ride on the open sea.

Perfect your stroke, and see if you can spot the city's famous sea lions basking in the sun. Your kayaking escapade through the La Jolla beach area will be filled with natural beauty. In addition, you'll view iconic San Diego sights, like the Scripps Pier.

Keep your eyes wide, and you might just catch a flash of a native leopard shark or shovelnose guitarfish!

Ready to Visit San Diego While on a Budget?

The sparkling blue waters of the San Diego Harbor, stunning sunsets at Coronado Beach, and the Victorian Gaslamp Quarter all blend together to create a portrait of one of America's most vibrant and beautiful cities.

Overflowing with lush natural beauty, rich history, culture, and iconic attractions, this 'city in motion' is not to be missed.

Regardless if you see the sights by foot, bike, trolley, or even your own speed boat, there are endless attractions to visit in this Southern California paradise.

From the world-famous Zoo to the carefree joy of mini golf at Belmont Park, savor every memorable moment of your San Diego getaway when you purchase a Go San Diego All-Inclusive Pass.

*denoted premium attraction

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